If I’d been offered those three results then I guess I might well have chosen the same matches for them to fall in, certainly I’d have taken a home win in front of fifty thousand geordies over one at Stamford Bridge.
I think we’ve got a real chance of finishing above Spurs if we put in a decent season, whereas pre-season I couldn’t help but think Chelsea would come back much stronger this time around, especially with new signings like Hazard.
Alan Pardew also reflected on the past week when he spoke to the club’s TV channel after the final whistle last night;
“We looked a little lacklustre in that first half and a bit tired in one or two areas. That gave Chelsea a little bit too much of dominance in that first half and I was disappointed with the first goal since Torres made a complete meal of the challenge.
The second goal was a great goal but right before half time, so we should have prevented it really. But the second half I have to pay credit to my players. They showed real character because it’s tough to come here, and they have already won two games and we were 2-0 down.
We had to show a lot of belief and if we could have nicked a goal, and we should have after 75 or 80 minutes, then the face of the game could have changed. We had no Cheick today which I think affected us and Anita had to play a full game on Thursday and a full game today, he made one or two errors in the first half which is not like him.
We got beat here but we’ve had a good week really, if I’m honest. The two fixtures we’ve had in the Premier League, if we took two draws you would have been fairly happy. We’ve got a point more than that so I’m very pleased.
Our fans were brilliant today, absolutely brilliant today. I thank them for their support and hopefully next Thursday we’ll give them something happier to cheer about”.
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